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BP’s Hayward Says Oil Spill Was Personally ‘Devastating’

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Posted on Sep 15, 2010

Outgoing: BP’s Hayward speaks to members of the British Parliament on Wednesday.

His tenure as BP’s chief executive is almost up, and outgoing CEO Tony Hayward has changed his tune about the effect that last spring’s cataclysmic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico had on him personally, making public statements in England on Wednesday that sounded far more contrite than the frustrated and widely panned “I want my life back” comment he made before a U.S. congressional committee last May.  —KA


The Commons Energy Committee is questioning both Mr Hayward and BP’s head of safety, Mark Bly, on the firm’s attitude to safety.

Asked whether BP paid sufficient regard to safety matters, Mr Hayward told the committee that over the past three years the company had made a major investment in safety, spending $14bn (£9bn) and recruiting thousands of people.

“And it is undeniably the fact that because of all of that, this particular incident is so devastating to me personally because we have made an enormous amount of progress in that three-year period,” he said.

My Hayward’s demeanour was in contrast to when he faced a US Congressional committee, when he appeared crushed and evasive.

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By knute, September 16, 2010 at 10:00 am Link to this comment
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I feel for you Tony, It must be pretty darned devasting watching damage wrought by your company on the TV from your yacht, then having to put down your martini to grab the remote….jeezus..Tony, how do ya do it ? Then theres that lousy multi-million dollar package you left with…that musta been a real bitch Tony..Your my hero I think, or somethin. After all, your obviously doing God’s work, not unlike the CEO of Goldmann-Sachs who also is practically dripping in empathy for the damage his firm continues to do , with short-sighted greed as the central motivation for all decisions, ignoring the fallout dumped upon “the little people”, and with the steadfast support of both parties who receive checks from your lobbyists.

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By PatrickHenry, September 15, 2010 at 4:37 pm Link to this comment

The need to seize assets of all board members and major shareholders who profited from weak oversight and cut rate safety, is warranted.

This accident caused wholesale and indiscriminate death of alot of wildlife in a slow painful way, lets not forget that.

They need to be held accountable.

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